A number of Virgin Media customers are being offered a brand-new way to fill their homes with smart devices, thanks to joint venture with Google. The two companies have joined forces to offer full-fibre broadband customers the chance to take delivery of new gadgets, such as the Nest Hello doorbell and Nest Hub smart speakers for a flat monthly fee.
The bundles are being launched in areas including Cardiff, Manchester and Southampton with Virgin saying it’s created the service to cater for the growing demand in connected home security.
All of the devices from Google, including its doorbell and smart speakers, include a camera and are connected to the web meaning you can keep an eye on your home when you’re out and about.
The Nest Hello even allows you to speak to whoever has pressed the bell with all video and audio shown via an app on your smartphone.
Speaking about the update, Annie Brooks, Executive Director of Product at Virgin Media said: “Our ultrafast broadband, combined with Google’s exciting range of smart security products, allow our customers to take their smart-home ambitions to the next level and stay safe and secure. The flexible range of bundles on offer give our customers even more ways to get their hands on the smartest home security tech and with our specially trained engineers and support on hand from day one, they can have complete confidence in the service.”
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Here’s how much the plans will cost and what is included.
Includes Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Hub (7-inch screen)
Price £10 per month on a 36-month contract or £20 per month on an 18-month contract
Smart Home Pro
Includes Nest Hello Doorbell, Nest Hub Max (10-inch screen, 6.5MP camera), Nest Indoor Cam and Nest Outdoor Cam
Price £21 per month on a 36-month contract or £42 per month on an 18-month contract
Smart Home Pro Max
Includes Nest Hello Doorbell, Nest Hub Max (10-inch screen, 6.5MP camera), 2 x Nest Indoor Cam, 2 x Nest Outdoor Cam
Price £28 per month on a 36-month contract or £56 per month on an 18-month contract
Virgin says that customers that sign up for any of the Smart Home bundles will benefit from installation who will help install and set up the products. They will also be able to get dedicated tech support which can help to resolve any issues.